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Not shying away from meeting Shaheen Bagh protesters: Govt

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New Delhi, Feb 15 : The protesters at Shaheen Bagh have planned to meet Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in the national capital. However, the Home Minister’s office has made it clear that no official request has been received from the protesters to meet Shah.

According to the Home Minister’s office, if the request comes following the due process, then the government or a government’s representative may consider meeting the protesters.

The Home Minister’s office also said that if the protesters were joined by the distinguished people, then the government will not shy away from meeting the protesters. But whatever will happen will be decided only after seeing the nature of the exhibitors. But the government has said that no one will be averse to meeting and talking to anyone.

the protesters have decided to meet Shah to put their demands forward. Sources said that the women protesters will visit Shah’s official residence at 2 p.m. on Sunday. They said that first and the foremost demand of the protesters’ is to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Since December, women protesters have been sitting on a dharna in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to oppose NRC and NPR, besides CAA. This protest has been continuing for over 60 days but to no avail.

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12 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala, total active cases now 258

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said 12 new coronavirus positive cases were reported, taking the total number presently under treatment to 258.

The number of cumulative cases, including those treated and cured, now stands at 357.

Two deaths had been reported previously, but those patients had other serious underlying ailments.

“Today there are 1,36,195 people under observation at homes and 723 at various hospitals in the state,” said Vijayan.

He also said that eight foreign tourists have completely recovered and have been discharged.

Meanwhile, the police registered 2,206 cases, recorded the arrest of 2,166 people and seized 1,450 vehicles for violating curfew norms.

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Corona in Delhi: 720 test positive; 51 new cases, 3 deaths in 24 hours

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) With 51 more patients reporting positive in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital reached 720 on Thursday.

The national capital reported three new deaths in the last 24 hours, raising the corona toll 12 since the outbreak of the infection. According to the Delhi Health Department, among the total 720 cases, 430 cases are from the Nizamuddin Markaz, with four new cases in the last 24 hours. “Among the 51 new cases, 35 had travel or contact history,” the health bulletin said.

It says 249 positive cases have foreign travel history and their contacts.
The positive cases in Delhi have increased dramatically since people were evacuated last week from the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat building where over 2,300 people from different parts of the world and country were staying under one roof without following social distancing.

Among the total patients, 25 have been discharged and cured while one has migrated.

“Total 682 patients are in the hospitals. While 39 are in the ICU, 11 are on ventilators and 23 are on oxygen,” the Health report said.

So far, 9,968 tests have been conducted in the city and 605 reports are pending. “While 720 reports were positive, 8,643 reports were negative,” it says.

About 18,000 people are home-quarantined across the city and 2,664 are quarantined at government facilities. The positive cases in the city are increasing at a rapid rate since last week.

The total positive cases in Delhi were 97 on March 30, which increased to 120 on March 31. While the cases were 152 on April 1, on April 2, the count jumped to 293 Coronavirus cases.

On April 3, the tally reached 386 while the next day, on April 4, it was 445.

The total cases on Sunday was 503. The total coronavirus cases in the national capital were 525 on Monday, and reached 579 on Tuesday. It jumped to 669 cases on Wednesday.


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Odisha govt imposes penalty for not wearing masks in public

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Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) With the rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, the Odisha government has made not wearing a mask in public an offence and decided to impose fines on offenders from Thursday.

The government has decided to impose fines on people for not wearing mask while stepping out of their houses.

The government will impose Rs 200 for not wearing masks for the first, second and third offence. The penalty will go up to Rs 500 for subsequent offence, said chief secretary Asit Tripathy.

The Health department has framed certain regulations in this regard amending the Odisha COVID-19 Regulations 2020.

The general public is directed to cover their mouths and noses with any available form of mask while stepping out of the house for any purpose.

The state government has also promulgated an ordinance with provision of imprisonment of upto two years for those who violate the epidemic regulations.The ordinance has amended a section of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 said whoever contravenes or disobeys any regulation or order made under the principal Act is liable for imprisonment upto two years or with fine up to Rs 10,000 or both.

However, every offence under this Act shall be cognisable and bailable.The amendment was necessitated to deal with procurement requirements entailing the spread of COVID-19, said sources. Odisha has recorded 44 positive cases so far.

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